Psalm 26-31 New American Standard Bible

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A Protestation of Integrity

26 1  Vindicate me, O Lord , for I have walked in my integrity , And I have trusted in the Lord without wavering . 2  Examine me, O Lord , and try me; Test my mind and my heart . 3  For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes , And I have walked in Your truth . 4  I do not sit with deceitful men , Nor will I go with pretenders . 5  I hate the assembly of evildoers , And I will not sit with the wicked .

6  I shall wash my hands in innocence , And I will go about Your altar , O Lord , 7  That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving And declare all Your wonders . 8  O Lord , I love the habitation of Your house And the place where Your glory dwells . 9  Do not take my soul away along with sinners , Nor my life with men of bloodshed , 10  In whose hands is a wicked scheme , And whose right hand is full of bribes . 11  But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity ; Redeem me, and be gracious to me. 12  My foot stands on a level place ; In the congregations I shall bless the Lord .

The LORD Is My Light and My Salvation

27 1  The Lord is my light and my salvation ; Whom shall I fear ? The Lord is the defense of my life ; Whom shall I dread ? 2  When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh , My adversaries and my enemies , they stumbled and fell . 3  Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear ; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident . 4  One thing I have asked from the Lord , that I shall seek : That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life , To behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate in His temple . 5  For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle ; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock . 6  And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy ; I will sing , yes, I will sing praises to the Lord .

7  Hear , O Lord , when I cry with my voice , And be gracious to me and answer me. 8  When You said, " Seek My face ," my heart said to You, "Your face , O Lord , I shall seek ." 9  Do not hide Your face from me, Do not turn Your servant away in anger ; You have been my help ; Do not abandon me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation ! 10  For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the Lord will take me up. 11  Teach me Your way , O Lord , And lead me in a level path Because of my foes . 12  Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries , For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence . 13  I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living . 14  Wait for the Lord ; Be strong and let your heart take courage ; Yes, wait for the Lord .

A Prayer for Help and Praise for Its Answer

28 1  To You, O Lord , I call ; My rock , do not be deaf to me, For if You are silent to me, I will become like those who go down to the pit . 2  Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help , When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary . 3  Do not drag me away with the wicked And with those who work iniquity , Who speak peace with their neighbors , While evil is in their hearts . 4  Requite them according to their work and according to the evil of their practices ; Requite them according to the deeds of their hands ; Repay them their recompense . 5  Because they do not regard the works of the Lord Nor the deeds of His hands , He will tear them down and not build them up.

6  Blessed be the Lord , Because He has heard the voice of my supplication . 7  The Lord is my strength and my shield ; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped ; Therefore my heart exults , And with my song I shall thank Him. 8  The Lord is their strength , And He is a saving defense to His anointed . 9  Save Your people and bless Your inheritance ; Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever e .

The Voice of the LORD in the Storm

29 1  Ascribe to the Lord , O sons of the mighty , Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength . 2  Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name ; Worship the Lord in holy array . 3  The voice of the Lord is upon the waters ; The God of glory thunders , The Lord is over many waters . 4  The voice of the Lord is powerful , The voice of the Lord is majestic . 5  The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars ; Yes, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon . 6  He makes Lebanon skip like a calf , And Sirion like a young wild ox . 7  The voice of the Lord hews out flames of fire . 8  The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness ; The Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh . 9  The voice of the Lord makes the deer to calve And strips the forests bare ; And in His temple everything says , "Glory !" 10  The Lord sat as King at the flood ; Yes, the Lord sits as King forever . 11  The Lord will give strength to His people ; The Lord will bless His people with peace .

Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Death

30 1  I will extol You, O Lord , for You have lifted me up, And have not let my enemies rejoice over me. 2  O Lord my God , I cried to You for help , and You healed me. 3  O Lord , You have brought up my soul from Sheol ; You have kept me alive , that I would not go down to the pit . 4  Sing praise to the Lord , you His godly ones , And give thanks to His holy name . 5  For His anger is but for a moment , His favor is for a lifetime ; Weeping may last for the night , But a shout of joy comes in the morning .

6  Now as for me, I said in my prosperity , "I will never e be moved ." 7  O Lord , by Your favor You have made my mountain to stand strong ; You hid Your face , I was dismayed . 8  To You, O Lord , I called , And to the Lord I made supplication : 9  "What profit is there in my blood , if I go down to the pit ? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness ? 10  " Hear , O Lord , and be gracious to me; O Lord , be my helper ." 11  You have turned for me my mourning into dancing ; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness , 12  That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent . O Lord my God , I will give thanks to You forever .

A Profession of Trust

31 1  In You, O Lord , I have taken refuge ; Let me never e be ashamed ; In Your righteousness deliver me. 2  Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly ; Be to me a rock of strength , A stronghold to save me. 3  For You are my rock and my fortress ; For Your name's sake You will lead me and guide me. 4  You will pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength . 5  Into Your hand I commit my spirit ; You have ransomed me, O Lord , God of truth . 6  I hate those who regard vain idols , But I trust in the Lord . 7  I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness , Because You have seen my affliction ; You have known the troubles of my soul , 8  And You have not given me over into the hand of the enemy ; You have set my feet in a large place .

9  Be gracious to me, O Lord , for I am in distress ; My eye is wasted away from grief , my soul and my body also. 10  For my life is spent with sorrow And my years with sighing ; My strength has failed because of my iniquity , And my body has wasted away . 11  Because of all my adversaries , I have become a reproach , Especially to my neighbors , And an object of dread to my acquaintances ; Those who see me in the street flee from me. 12  I am forgotten as a dead man , out of mind ; I am like a broken vessel . 13  For I have heard the slander of many , Terror is on every side ; While they took counsel together against me, They schemed to take away my life . 14  But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord , I say , " You are my God ." 15  My times are in Your hand ; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me. 16  Make Your face to shine upon Your servant ; Save me in Your lovingkindness . 17  Let me not be put to shame , O Lord , for I call upon You; Let the wicked be put to shame , let them be silent in Sheol . 18  Let the lying lips be mute , Which speak arrogantly against the righteous With pride and contempt .

19  How great is Your goodness , Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of men ! 20  You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man ; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues . 21  Blessed be the Lord , For He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me in a besieged city . 22  As for me, I said in my alarm , "I am cut off from before Your eyes "; Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications When I cried to You. 23  O love the Lord , all you His godly ones ! The Lord preserves the faithful And fully recompenses the proud doer . 24  Be strong and let your heart take courage , All you who hope in the Lord .

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